LET’S MOVE – First Lady Michelle Obama participates in physical activities



 Let’s Move this week

DECEMBER 3, 2010Murch Elementary receives Oberstar Award First Lady Michelle Obama participates in physical activities during a Let’s Move! event at the Police Athletic League Center in Harlem, New York, NY, Nov. 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

THIS WEEKI am so pleased to share the news that after a year of speeches and outreach, the First Lady’s signature issue of providing children with healthy food in schools was advanced yesterday with passage of the “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” – a groundbreaking piece of bipartisan legislation that will significantly improve the quality of meals that children receive at school and will play an integral role in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. Read the First Lady’s statement here.The First Lady often says that spending time with young people is her favorite part of being First Lady.  Over the past couple of weeks, she met with lots of energetic young students. We visited Maple Elementary in Newark, N.J. with Newark Mayor Cory Booker to learn from students what they are doing to promote physical activity and healthy eating. On the same day, we drove to Harlem to visit the Police Athletic League to learn more about their creative partnership with a neighborhood school that needed more physical education classes. Then, the First Lady visited Riverside Elementary in Miami, Florida to announce Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, an initiative by the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, the Food, Family and Farming Foundation and the United Fresh Produce Association to bring 6,000 salad bars to schools in three years.As we say every week, everyone has a role to play in ending childhood obesity, whether you are an elected official, a community organization, a school or an individual. We need your help in making sure children born today reach adulthood at a healthy weight. So, what are you waiting for? Take action today.Until next week,Robin

Robin Schepper
Executive Director, Let’s Move! Initiative


DC-Area Youth Acheive PALA and Meet the President and First Lady

Posted by Beata Okulska, Executive Director, KEEN Greater DC on December 1, 2010

The First Lady received her PALA Award along with 40 fourth and fifth graders from Maury Elementary and 23 kids from Keen DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) who worked with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) to earn their PALA.


The First Lady Launches Let’s Move Faith and Communities

Posted by Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on November 30, 2010

The First Lady and several members of different organizations and congregations participated in a conference call to describe how communities are taking action to end childhood obesity in their neighborhoods.  These community-based efforts are diverse and exciting, ranging from starting community gardens and farmers markets to getting children involved in the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge.



First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Harlem, NYC to check out an innovative partnership between a local elementary school and the Police Athletic League (PAL).



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